Tuesday, July 24, 2007

"Milpitas is my home, forget me not I did hard work."

I've had this tape since about 1995 I think. I got it from a friend of mine who got it from his brother's friend. I recently asked my friend if he could remember the guy's name, but he could hardly even remember the person or the tape. The only name I can remember is Dreas. I might be wrong, but I think his name was Dreas and he was from Milpitas. I never met him, but I was given this tape that had a few beats on it and a few songs with some rappers. When Stones Throw got rolling I realized that the rappers on that tape were Encore and Grand (from Homeliss Derelix). As far as I know, Dreas (or whatever his real name is) produced all of these beats and the songs with Grand and Encore. The tape quality isn't that great and there are some starts and stops and gaps in some songs. I labeled the tape (somewhat innacurately) a few years after I got it, but it was originally just a blank grey cassette.

These beats were pretty influential to me back then. They kind of opened my mind to the fact you didn't have to be a famous producer with a huge studio to make beats. I think they still hold up pretty well and it's amazing to me that nothing was ever done with any of these beats/songs. Maybe this post will help shed some light on this mystery producer. If anyone has any info on who "Dreas" is please let me know.

Dreas beat # 1
Dreas beat # 2
Dreas beat # 3
Dreas beat # 4
Dreas beat # 5
Dreas beat # 6
Encore & Grand demo
Encore demo
Grand demo

UPDATE: DJ Stef did some research and got the following:

I asked Grand about this and he replied:

"The instrumentals was made by Andreas (Capital "A", rappin ah stay, witchu for awhile, and wont go away) ...His brother was named Nick (emcee status) white kids from back east with true school flav .... these are old 1994-5-6.

They had a apt in SJ. encore and I would meet up over there and lay low on saturdays.... Dreas was a really good producer and status was a solid emcee ..."

UPDATE 2: Slurg added that Dreas has 3 beats at the end of Peanut Butter Wolf's Lunar Props EP. I've never had a copy of that ep, so this bit of info slipped right passed me.

"I got some new shaboop that I'ma play for yall tonight."

I don't remember the exact date of this show, but this interview/freestyle is from KMEL's "The 10 O' Clock Bomb" show that was hosted by Sway. It was right around the time that Return to the 36 Chambers came out. The audio starts with 12 O Clock and Buddha Monk, but it moves into ODB running through some lyrics from the album on top of the Shook Ones Pt. II beat. He actually does this very restrained, calm style that is pretty dope in some parts. The listeners who call in to talk to ODB are all very humorous. The first girl loses it. The question is...did she follow up and show up at the Neko? The third dude makes me laugh when he says "I met you before...but you probably don't remember." The last kid is the best. "Right right right, so freestyle right now." Sway ends everything on a creepy note, talking to some 16 year old girls.

I recorded this off the radio (dubbing it over an old Midnight Oil cassette I had as a kid) and the tape ran out at one point, so there is a gap in the interview at 15:40 mark.


Monday, July 16, 2007

If the person next to you is ugly, clap your hands!

Back in 2003 I started making this mix. I wanted to do something fun. I never ended up making a full length mix of it, but I wanted to. I originally sold 50 copies of this as a mini 3 inch pocket cd. Those are all gone, so here it is for you to enjoy.

DOWNLOAD Controller 7 "pop" mix (2003)

Friday, July 13, 2007

Get Ready For The Young Folks

Just put your lips together and blow. It's still a rough edit, but fun none the less.

DOWNLOAD "Get Ready For The Young Folks"

"When you're really rich then asparagus is yummy"

Lil Weezy, so eloquent.

To get the ball rolling I am going to post up a few random audio files from my own little stash. The first is an interlude that I made for Peter Agoston and his Female Fun label back around 2002. I sent it to him and he liked it, but I never gave him a clean copy of it and we never did anything with it. It was just supposed to be an interlude on a compilation. This was the first thing I ever tracked out in Pro Tools and it sounds like hot garbage. I had no idea what I was doing.

Controller 7 - "Dollar Bin Blues"

The second set of beats are straight off a TDK cassette tape. I generally use cassette tapes as a sketch book. If I am working on something and I like it I will record a bit of it on tape so that I can listen to it the next day without having to load up the beat. This got me into the bad habit of "I'll put the idea down on tape and then go back and remake it later." I would get lazy and not want to name the files and save them on the mpc, so I would just make the tape version and figure that I'd remake it when I felt like it. I'd usually end up forgetting what the samples were or not being able to recreate it the way it was on tape. So, some beats only exist on tape and these are two of them. They are both from around 2003 or 2004 and are basically just simple little demo loops.

Controller 7 - "Piano Drop"

Controller 7 - "Diamonds"